17 things to do in Dubai this week

Cheese, circus, garage, West Side Story and more

Wednesday 15

Pamper Me Package

ShuiQi Spa’s Pamper Me Package for UAE residents offers a 75-minute ESPA massage and salt scrub, lunch at Nasimi Beach, pool and beach access, and ten percent off ESPA products.
Dhs550 (Sun-Thu); Dhs650 (Fri-Sat). Until May 27. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1698).


Wind down after work with a bottle of house grape paired with an artisan cheese board at McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Cheesetastic.
Dhs149. Wed noon-midnight. Ongoing. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).

Cirque Le Soir’s Wednesday night party

Dance to music from local and international DJs at Cirque Le Soir’s Wednesday night party, Cartel. And don’t miss the antics from the fire-breathers and sword-swallowers.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).

Thursday 16

Dub Pistols at The Baggot
Reggae-breaks-jungle mash-up collective the Dub Pistols take to The Baggot stage this weekend. The band have worked with the likes of The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs, and are best known for their hits Best Got Better and Cyclone.
Dhs100. 7.30pm-11pm. The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).

Garage Nation returns

Head to XL Dubai tonight for a nostalgic wave of old-school UK garage hits provided stalwarts of the genre DJ Luck & MC Neat, Artful Dodger (pictured). and more.
Dhs125. 9pm-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (055 925 6496).

West Side Story at Dubai Opera

This week is your last chance to catch the award-winning musical West Side Story at Dubai Opera. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the show features the singalongs Maria, America and more.
From Dhs250. Until Feb 18. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Girders’ fourth birthday

The pub turns four and to celebrate, tonight, there’s live music from DJ Pele, Jetlag and Oli, and a raffle. Expect a free drink on arrival and drinks from Dhs17 thereafter. On the Friday February 17, join a special Girders Birthday Brunch from noon to 4pm for Dhs159.
Free. 6.30pm-3am. Girders, JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5590).

Friday 17

Groove on the Grass

Röyksopp headline the first Groove on the Grass of 2017. Agents of Time, Marc Houle and Steve Bug are also on the bill.
From Dhs180. 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 274 3555).

Snap live at Billionaire Mansion
Relive the ’90s for a night at Billionaire Mansion with Snap belting out all their famous hits. Tracks you might remember include The Power and Rhythm Is A Dancer, which you can expect to hear on the night. Dust off the double denim and get those platform trainers ready…
Free. 7pm-3am. Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).

Sculpture exhibition at Leila Heller Gallery

Leila Heller Gallery at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz is showcasing a series of sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg. His first solo exhibition here in the UAE, the show is simply called Sculptures, and features 18 brand-new works, all made of bronze, wood, stone and glass.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Until March 6. Leila Heller Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 321 6942).

Saturday 18

Heritage Festival at Al Marmoum
Discover one of the nation’s favourite pastimes as the 2017 edition of the Al Marmoum Heritage Festival begins at the famous camel racetrack. Alongside all the racing action there will be a full line-up of cultural and traditional shows.
Free. Until Feb 28. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, www.dcrc.ae (04 832 6526).

Food truck fest
Around 40 food trucks, including Calle Tacos, Copperwood, Toasted, The Shebi, Sir Loin & Sons, Yumtingz and Gobai, will descend on Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club as part of the TruckersDXB Tour. Head over with family or friends.
Free entry. 5pm-11pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.truckers.ae.

Lazy Saturdays

Chill out and reach for the carbs. Bussola has launched a new Saturday brunch that includes chef’s specials and beverages.
Dhs250. Sat 2pm-5pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7391).

Sunday 19

Landmarks II

Landmarks II is the latest exhibition to be shown at Alserkal Avenue’s Ayyam Gallery. It’s by Sharjah-based artist Thaier Helal and features works created using materials such as sand and glue, becoming three-dimensional interpretations of the world’s deserts and mountains.
Free. Open Sat noon-6pm; Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Until Mar 4. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Dubai Duty Free tennis championships: day one

Don’t miss a shot as some of the world’s top female players grace the Garhoud courts, with No.1 Angelique Kerber (pictured) going for a first title.
From Dhs75. From noon. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.800tickets.com.

Monday 20

Express Lunch at Burger & Lobster

You guessed it, this lunch includes burger AND lobster. You’ll get a burger, half a lobster roll and the soup of the day, plus fries for just Dhs99. Sounds good to us.
Dhs99. Sun-Thu noon. Ongoing. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 514 8838).

Tuesday 21

A ladies’ night launches at Ting Irie

The newly licensed Jamaican restaurant and bar in the heart of Downtown Dubai has now launched its very own ladies’ night, Three Little Birds. Every Tuesday, ladies get three free drinks, as well as a 30 percent off food, all to a cool and classic reggae soundtrack so can relax and wind down from the week so far.
Free. 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Ting Irie, Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 557 5601).

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